After upsetting Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Holy Cross auctioned off 16 game-worn jerseys (the Holy Cross seniors kept theirs) from the West Regional for $200 a piece. Quickly, Sioux fans snatched up all 16 of them. The jerseys will be signed and the money will go to a Worcester, Mass., charity at the direction of Holy Cross coach Paul Pearl.
At the same time, the UND athletic department has posted an auction of game-worn Sioux road jerseys for the same price, $200 a piece. There are still 10 Sioux jerseys that haven't been bid on yet.
I know the logical explanation is that Sioux fans are taking the opportunity to own part of history, as the Holy Cross upset was the first time a No. 4 seed beat a No. 1 seed. But still, it is something to think about.
Also, more than 6,500 people have downloaded a 10-minute audio highlight clip of the Holy Cross-Minnesota game, put together by Holy Cross' student radio station, WCHC. The clip was featured on radio stations in at least six states, and the call of the overtime game winner was featured on ESPN Radio's Dan Patrick Show as the "Homer Call of the Week."
People at the radio station credited UND fans for helping to popularize the clip.
On another note...
In the NHL playoffs, former UND standouts Zach Parise and Mike Commodore hooked up for a go-ahead goal with 20 seconds left in regulation Monday night. Commodore, a Carolina defenseman, accidentally deflected the shot of New Jersey forward Parise into his own net. Incredibly, however, Commodore's Hurricanes tied the game with three seconds left and won it in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead.
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Which NHLer, who played college hockey in North Dakota, has scored the most points during this season's NHL playoffs? (For the answer, click comments.)